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As mentioned last week, for the December 11 issue ---our last one this year -- we will be running a year in review and a looking forward piece. We invite you to contribute your thoughts on the following: 1. What were the most significant developments over the past year in health promotion / public health in Ontario across the country or internationally? and 2. What implications will these developments have over the next year?

We will be accepting contributions until December 1; just email us at!

This week, we have a feature article from Kevin H. Johnson, "Performance Management of Volunteers In the Nonprofit Sector," that summarizes a study examining the effect of high performance work practices on the performance of volunteers in nonprofit organizations.

We always welcome your feedback on our feature articles--including topics you'd like to see--news about old colleagues and new colleagues, and comments on our newsletter and searchable database of health promotion information. Read our complete submission guidelines at and write to


Communications Coordinator, Peterborough Drug Awareness Coalition


Peterborough, Ontario
Deadline December 9, 2009

Part-time contract 20 hours per week starting January 5-November 30, 2010

The Peterborough Drug Awareness Coalition is seeking a communications coordinator to sustain and expand local efforts to prevent prescription opioid misuse, particularly amongst youth.

The successful applicant will support the ongoing work of the Peterborough Drug Strategy Task Force including:

Bilingual Healthy Communities Project Manager, Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition


Toronto, Ontario
Deadline December 8, 2009

Full time, one year renewable contract

Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition is the lead organization for a partnership of four provincial Healthy Community Networks that has been established to assess the impact of the Healthy Communities approach on chronic disease prevention across Canada, through research, policy and practice initiatives. The Project Manager will manage the development, implementation, evaluation and reporting of the project.

Peer Educator, T.E.A.C.H., Planned Parenthood Toronto


Toronto, Ontario
Deadline December 7, 2009

Full-time, 1.0 FTE
Internal/External Posting

Planned Parenthood Toronto is a fully accredited community health centre that provides primary health care services to youth 13 to 29 years as well as health promotion programming, education, training and research to improve the health and well being of Toronto’s diverse communities. We are currently seeking a Peer Educator for Teens Educating And Confronting Homophobia (T.E.A.C.H.) to work 37.5 (full-time) hours per week.

General Responsibilities:

Discussion Groups Related to OHPE Feature 640


Online volunteer organizations can to connect with other volunteers and advocate at

A network for volunteer managers is at

A project of Action without Borders, Idealist is an interactive site where people and organizations can exchange resources and ideas, locate opportunities and supporters at

Print Resources Related to OHPE Feature 640


Banks, Marjorie M.W. (2001). A study of church leaders, volunteers, and members on the use of volunteers in the church. A dissertation paper, Pepperdine University.

Colomy, P., Chen, H., & Andrews, G. L. (1987). Situational facilities and volunteer work. Journal of Volunteer Administration, 6, 20-25.

Freeman, Richard B. (1997). Working for Nothing: The supply of volunteer labor. Journal of Labor Economics, 15, 140-166.

Call for Abstracts--Connecting Research & Education to Care in Seniors’ Mental Health


Deadline December 18, 2009

The Canadian Coalition for Seniors’ Mental Health is hosting its 4th national conference: Connecting Research & Education to Care in Seniors’ Mental Health, September 27 & 28, 2010 in Halifax Nova Scotia.

The conference is geared toward health care professionals, administrators and decision-makers, seniors and caregivers who are active in promoting seniors’ mental health.

Specific themes for keynotes, paper sessions, workshops and posters include:


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